Burt Balaban

Burt Balaban (6 March 1922 - 14 October 1965) was an American film producer and director.[1]

Burt Balaban
Born6 March 1922
Died14 October 1965(1965-10-14) (aged 43)
OccupationFilm producer and director
Years active1954-1966
FamilyBob Balaban (cousin)
Leonard "Red" Balaban (brother)
Judy Balaban (sister)
A. J. Balaban (uncle)
Elmer Balaban (uncle)


Balaban was born to a Jewish family, the son of Tillie (nee Urkov) from her first marriage, and stepson of Barney Balaban.[2] He was the nephew of Elmer Balaban, the nephew of A. J. Balaban, the brother of author Judy Balaban, and the cousin of actor Bob Balaban, of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Gosford Park (2001).[3]

He was born in Chicago and graduated from Roanoke College. During World War Two he was a combat photographer with the Marines.[4][5]

Selected filmography

  • Phantom Caravan (1954) - executive producer
  • The Sergeant and the Spy (TV Movie) (1954) (producer)
  • Amiable Lady (1954) (TV Movie) (producer)
  • The Lie (1954) (TV Movie) (producer)
  • Double Barrel Miracle (1954) (TV Movie) - producer
  • Stranger from Venus (1954) aka Immediate Disaster - producer, director
  • Diplomatic Passport (1954) - producer
  • Eight Witnesses (1954) (TV) - executive producer
  • Lady of Vengeance (1957) - producer, director
  • High Hell (1958) - producer, director
  • Murder, Inc. (1960) - producer, director
  • Mad Dog Coll (1961) - director
  • The Gentle Rain (1966) - producer, director


  1. "Burt Balaban". BFI.
  2. Hodgson, Fred (1943). A Gift to the Nation - Barney Balaban, the American Jew, Who Purchased the Original Bill of Rights as a Gift to His Country. The Jewish Veteran, Volume 13. pp. 9 and 19.
  3. "TCM Schedule for Thursday, September 25, 2014 -- What's On Tonight - George C. Scott".
  4. By A.H. WEILER. (1960, Oct 16). BY WAY OF REPORT. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/115144081
  5. Tinee, M. (1960, Jul 31). Films leave their mark on youngsters. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/182535928
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